June 21 - 27, 2014


Constitutional campaigner Ron Williams.


Senator John Williams addresses parliament  in March.
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Tony Abbott and US president Barack Obama meet in the White House’s Oval Office  this week.


Letters, Cartoon & Editorial


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Church in a state


We’re being sold a PUP

In all seriousness I cannot see anything coming out of this latest gambit by Clive Palmer (“Professor Palmer’s indecent proposal”, June 14-20). All it demonstrates, at least …

Horror and despair

As a father of a one-year-old boy, reading Martin McKenzie-Murray’s two-part story “Catching a teenage murderer”, June 7-13 and June 14-20, I was almost sick. Earlier this year my house was …

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Image for article: Meringue with passionfruit curd


Meringue with passionfruit curd

What's the quintessential Australian dish? Meringue with passionfruit, of course.


Image for article: My Salinger Year

Joanna Rakoff
My Salinger Year

Image for article: Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?

Dave Eggers
Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?

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Rob Oakeshott
The Independent Member for Lyne


Image for article: Unfolding Modernism at the 14th Venice Biennale


Unfolding Modernism at the 14th Venice Biennale

The singular vision of Dutch master Rem Koolhaas has delivered an unusually pluralist Venice Biennale.

Image for article: US start-up Eterni.me aims to create virtual immortality


US start-up Eterni.me aims to create virtual immortality

A US company plans to use our social media presence to create a virtual avatar that will live on after we die. But will loved ones want to message us after we’ve departed?

Image for article: High point: Patty Mills, 25, basketballer


High point: Patty Mills, 25, basketballer

He shoots; he scores… How star Aussie export Patty Mills set the NBA alight.

The Quiz

1. The European Union comprises how many member states: (a) 21; (b) 24; or (c) 28? (Bonus points for naming the four that begin with ‘S’.)
2. What is the next prime number after 23?
3. What is the name of Popeye’s love interest?
4. What is the three-letter name of a pointed instrument for piercing small holes in leather, wood, etc.
5. In which country are the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu?
6. Where in the human body would you find the sclera?
7. Roku is Japanese for which number?
8. In cooking, what name is given to the combination of lemon zest, garlic and parsley?
9. Hard Choices is a memoir by which US politician?
10. Which Australian city will host the 2014 G20 Leaders Summit in November?

Click through for answers.



“My time of departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight. I have run the race. I have kept the faith.”

– Ron BoswellThe sixth longest-serving senator since Federation, scourge of racists and environmentalists alike, proves three metaphors are better than one. Bozzie, who once campaigned under the slogan “He’s not pretty, but he’s pretty effective”, gave his valedictory speech after 31 years in the upper house.


“We’re not getting the outcomes we should expect from the billions and billions of dollars we invest in aid, so I want to see better outcomes.”

– Julie BishopThe foreign affairs minister explains how slashing foreign aid will help developing nations.


“Bonsoir. Je m’appelle Antoine. Je suis ici pour arrête les bateaux.”

– Tony AbbottThe prime minister uses the press gallery’s Midwinter Ball to prove he can exploit racist anxiety in two languages, bringing schoolboy French to his promise to stop the boats.


“We’ve delivered nearly everything that UNESCO has asked of us, and by next year we’ll have done that.”

– Andrew PowellThe Queensland environment minister takes a broad definition of “nearly” as he confronts criticism of dumping on the Great Barrier Reef at the United Nations’ World Heritage Committee meeting in Doha, Qatar.


“If this was the 15th century, songs would be written about this game.”

– Roger BennettThe ESPN reporter waxes religious about Australia’s 3-2 loss to the Netherlands at the World Cup in Brazil.


“Whers my money? Tik tok!”

– SuspectSomeone semi-literate and very angry scrawls the missive on a white garage door on the Gold Coast, in what may or may not have been the blood of a decapitated cat. The car in the driveway was also torched. Police believe the crime involved a fight over a girl and a sum of $1000 to be paid to an aggrieved suitor.